In 2011, when Republicans regained control of the New York State Senate, the previous Democrat majority had run up a staggering $10 billion deficit. New York City Democrats were fresh off of raising 124 taxes and fees to the tune of $14 billion - - including the job-killing MTA payroll tax, an onerous new tax on energy, and elimination of the important STAR property tax rebate checks for seniors and homeowners. That all-Democrat, all-New York City government ignored Upstate New York, the Hudson Valley and Long Island, and shifted school aid intended for those regions to New York City, while putting in place the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) scheme that cost rural and suburban schools $4.8 billion in school aid over four years. Chaos, dysfunction and partisanship were rampant at the state Capitol.
Fast forward to 2014, just four short legislative sessions removed from Albany’s
version of rock bottom. Senate Republicans have provided the leadership necessary to clean up much of the
mess and pointed New York in a new and better direction. We’ve replaced politics
pointing with genuine bipartisanship, and it’s getting results.
After two late and reckless state budgets under one-party rul
e, we’ve passed four
consecutive on-time budgets and brought spending under control.
We’ve stabilized the state’s finances for the future, eliminated the $10 billion
deficit we inherited from Democrats without raising taxes and fees, and created a surplus
that we’re now returning to hardworking taxpayers.
Senate Republicans eliminated the MTA payroll tax for schools and thousands of
businesses. We’re rolling back the energy tax imposed by Democrats and will soon have done away with it completely. We’ve r
estored fairness and equity to the
school aid formula. We’ve reduced income tax rates to their lowest level in 61
years, enacted the toughest property tax cap in the nation and have won hard-fought tax relief for the middle-class. Most importantly, Senate Republicans have focused on the priorities of hardworking people - - like job creation - - so we can create bright new opportunities in New York.
The good news is that we’ve made significant progress in turning our state
around, although much more needs to be done to make New York affordable for
taxpayers and their families. That’s why it’s important for Senate Republicans
to be in the Majority.
Remember this: All of the progress we’ve made can be undone in an instant if
Senate Democrats, the radical Working Families Party, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio take control of the State Senate next year.
Allowing a small, radical faction of avowed leftists to run New York’s entire
state government would have disastrous consequences. If Democrats are handed the keys to the Senate and New York State government is once again controlled by one
party, brace yourself for “MTA Payroll Tax 2.” Get ready for new and higher